Shortly after the reading of Psalm 23 and a prayer of release, Georgia L Stockton peacefully took her last breath on earth and her first breath in God's presence. She had a glorious life here on earth but was ready to go "home", and did, on November 27 at 9:59 pm.
Georgia came into this life on February 11, 1924 and died at the age of 95.
Her mother was Maymie Siegler and her father, Joseph Albert Stockton.
Georgia attended the one room schoolhouse at Grove Dale for her elementary years, the old Bland school for a couple years, and graduated from Belle High School in 1941. Her graduating class was the first class to attend and graduate from the new high school, which is now the old stone portion at the front of the current high school. Upon graduating she went to business school in Sedalia, Missouri. The school was approached by recruiters looking for volunteers to come work in Washington DC. This was during the beginnings of WWII and being the patriotic person she was, Georgia volunteered. This would be a life changing experience.
Georgia spent the next thirty-two years in Washington DC and during her time there, she held various titles but most importantly, was the Executive Secretary to the Head of the CIA. She traveled to the Far East, and received numerous commendations over the years from her superiors and multiple US Presidents, including Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon Johnson. She was trustworthy, honest, and dependable. For these reasons and more, she was granted special permissions, top-security clearance, the number 2 parking space out front, and was privy to more secret information than most will ever know.
She retired in 1974 from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to move home and help care for her mother and father and maintain the family farm that was established in 1816. It was a world away from the politics of Washington DC but it was home, and Georgia stepped back into those boots with optimism, tenacity, and determination. Unfortunately, her father passed away two weeks after she returned.
Over the years, Georgia has experienced the pain and happiness of conquering lymphoma and bladder cancer. She was passionate about sharing and giving back, and supported various philanthropic ventures. In years past, she enjoyed oil painting and developing her artistic talents. She cherished the fun and unconditional friendship of all of her dogs, and she enjoyed gardening, going to the local restaurants to eat, and spending time with family.
Even though Georgia never married she had experienced the joy and heartache of love, and tended to her nieces and nephews as if they were her own. She would sew clothing, go to the creek and swim, teach them to milk a cow, gather eggs, fish, bake, or simply sit and color with them. It seems as if there's not much she couldn't do, and nothing she wouldn't do for her family.
Georgia had 13 nieces and nephews, 22 Great nieces and nephews and 47 Great Greats.
Georgia was baptized into Christ in her early 20's and has been a member at Liberty Church of Christ since that time. She was also a member of Eastern Star for 43 years and served as a Past Worthy Matron.
She is survived by two sisters Annabelle Stockton Elrod and her husband Tom, of Belle, and Oma Stockton Flood and her husband Walker, of Bland, 12 nieces and nephews, and their families, and many other extended family and friends.
Those preceding her in death are, her parents, two sisters, Sarah Stockton Moran and Mildred Stockton (died at birth), two brothers, Ed Stockton and Jack Stockton, one niece, Tracey Stockton Rosemann, and one great niece, Kelly Stockton.
She was the epitome of grace, elegance, class and composure. She had integrity to the n'th degree and a generous nature that was unparalleled. The sparkle in her eye will continue to shine in our hearts for years to come.
Visitation for Georgia will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Sassmann’s Chapel in Belle.
An additional visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Liberty Church of Christ from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Liberty Church of Christ with Randy Carr officiating. Interment will follow in the Grovedale Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Grovedale Cemetery.
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